Governor Tim Walz announces plan to end MN COVID-19 restrictions

"We're going to have a summer where just the simple things will be back again."

MINNESOTA (KVRR) — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announces his plan to end statewide COVID-19 restrictions.

“We’re going to have a summer where just the simple things will be back again,” Walz said.

Walz’s new plan to reduce COVID-19 restrictions could put an end to some requirements May 28 if the state reaches a 70 percent vaccination rate.

This Friday some restrictions on outdoor activities will be removed.

“At noon we begin these steps. No capacity or distancing outside at outdoor events, no mask requirements for outdoor venues smaller than 500. Restaurants there’s no occupancy limits outside or distancing requirements,” said Walz.

Indoor venues will see a slight loosening of restrictions as well.

“Indoor events we’ve increased the occupancy on some of our larger events and then increased group sizes also on social gatherings. Indoors we’ve increased that to 50. Indoor table sizes will increase to 10 and the mandatory closing times will end tomorrow at noon. So, you can stay open until state closing times,” Walz said.

By May 28th capacity limits will be a thing of the past.

“At that point all capacity limits and distancing requirements indoors and outdoors will end the only requirements that will be in place at that time is the masking indoors and for the larger outdoor events until we hit 70 percent vaccination rates or July first,” Walz said.

Come July 1st Minnesotans will be able to enjoy summer and forgo mask usage.

“Many of you will choose to continue to wear them. There’s just things that you can do, but that will be by them to make that decision for you or private businesses to make that decision,” Walz said.

House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt reacted to Walz’s plan saying “The Governor insists on holding on to powers he doesn’t need. It’s time to open up and end the governor’s emergency powers.”

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